Revisitation of the 1915 San Francisco Exposition, with added narration that focuses on nostalgia and memory. With excellent footage of many aspects of the Fair, beginning with groundbreaking on February 25, 1911.
August 13, 2009 Subject:
Great footage but oh that soundtrack
Some wonderful and very historic footage including the likes of Ford, Edison and early aviation. The narration was tolerable but the persistent violin solo was quite unnerving. Still very worthwhile but keep the sound low.
December 1, 2006 Subject:
Interesting, but the presentation too overly sentimental
Frank W. Vail's overly sentimental production of the Pana Pacific International Exposition held in San Francisco in 1915. Made in 1940, I suppose some people at that time liked the nostalgic treatment of this event that had taken place 25 years before. The violin music and narrator's emotional inflection seems corny now. The motion pictures of the fair, however, are interesting.
January 13, 2004 Subject:
Cuuuuuuuuue the violin!
A particularily bizarre look at the 1915 San Fransisco Worlds Fair, I say that because while the images are fascinating to look at, it's totally weighed down by the narration which borders on the ridiculous at times ("Housing straaaaaaaaaange and beautiful plants...") and also the music, which is just one long drawn out violin solo. It's a particularily bad choice for such exciting footage, I have absolutely no idea why they would choose something like that for this. Anyways..